Nissan: Beginning to 1970

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Nissan is the 6th largest vehicle producer by volume in the entire world. They are responsible for some of the most legendary cars of all time. Without Nissan there would be no GTR, no Skyline, and no Fairlady Z. We would miss out out the highest volume electric car ever to be made. Heck, The Fast and The Furious would never really be the same. And so to honor the culture and heritage Nissan brought around the world, we are going to go in depth on the history of Nissan. From Datsun to Prince, 180SX to 400Z, we are covering it all. Here is everything you need to know about Nissan.

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The Original DAT (Nissan Global)
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Nissan traces its origins as far back as 1911 when on July 1, Masujiro Hashimoto founded the Kaishinsha Motor Car Works. 3 years later the companies first product, the DAT, was created. It was a small 4 wheeled vehicle that really didn’t change the game much. After the DAT in 1914, the company went through several name changes. During this time they also started to make trucks and Datsun passenger cars. Then World War I began, and commercial production halted at Datsun, as they rushed to make military vehicles rather than passenger cars. In 1923 they merged with another Japanese automaker and began making cars under the name “lila” for about 2 years. Then in 1931, they created the Datsun 11.

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Photo of the Datsun 11 (By HKT3012 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=43539628)
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The Datsun 11 is where we see the first bits of Nissan appear in the story. The Datsun 11 featured a 495 cc engine making a ferocious 10 horsepower to the wheels. The only transmission available was a 3 speed transmission that sent power to the rear wheels. The Datsun 11 was DAT’s attempt at appealing to a lower market, since the car had displacement under 500 cc it didn’t require a driver license and required less taxes. Only 150 were ever produced, most of which have been lost to history. But let it be known that this is the start of what we know today as Nissan.

In 1934 Nissan Motors was formed officially. They started to build Austin 7’s under license which ended up being very successful for both companies involved. Later in 1952, Nissan entered contract with Austin to produce 2000 Austin’s under the Austin badge. In this time Nissan used its experience with the Austin manufacturing process. Nissan continued their partnership with Austin until 1959 when they start to develop the A Series Engine and L Series Engine, the latter of which was put in the Datsun 240Z. The 240Z is what propelled Nissan to the world stage. It was their first sports car and garnered global attention. The next major step for Nissan was their merger with Prince Motors in 1966.

Prince Motor Company was formed in 1952 and was the precursor to many popular Nissan Models in the 90’s and early 2000’s. They were in the market to try and compete with Nissan and Toyota’s grip on the econobox market, but obviously plans changed as they merged with Nissan, and codeveloped the Nissan Cherry. Other Prince creations are the Gloria, R380, and the Skyline which we will get to later…

In the 1964 Olympics, Nissan used some women to promote their new line of sport cars. Both the women and the cars would go on to be called “fairladies”.

The Fairlady Nissan/Datsun sports cars are perhaps some of the most famous Japanese sports cars ever. What started with the Datsun 240z plummeted into a plethora of fantastic sports cars on great chassis’ and ever greater engines. What was the Datsun 240sx morphed into the Nissan 240sx in 1988. From there, it only got better. The first generation 240sx got the name “S13” from Nissan enthusiasts. This is because the 240sx utilizes the now-infamous S platform. The S platform was a 2 door, rear wheel drive coupe that was more or less built to drift. Cars with the S platform typically had naturally aspirated 4 cylinder engines. The S13 in America featured pop-up headlights (versus fixed ones in the Silvia), and was available in coupe, hatchback, or convertible form. Then in 1994 we got the S14, which eliminated the hatchback and convertible forms of the 240sx. The S14 got a little bit heavier and longer, increasing its dirftability. We should also take a moment to talk about the Silvia, the Japanese version of the 240sx. The Silvia’s got SR20DET engines, meaning main they got turbochargers. The addition of the turbo makes the Silvia a highly coveted drift car, due to its extra tune-ability.

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After the Fairladies came the 90’s Japanese sports car scene.

This is the first part in a 3 part series on Nissan

Best Fun First Cars

The first car is a huge milestone in ones life. Unfortunately most Americans are stuck with small, broken, and weak econo-boxes. But not us. Today we will change you mind about the textbook first car as we show you a list of 10 first cars that are actually fun, cool looking, and inexpensive. Some guidelines first. All cars will cost less than $5,000, have (on average) less that 150,000 miles, and have at least 200 horsepower. So without further adieu, here is our list of high school head turners.

Dodge Neon SRT-4

We’re starting off the list with a 2000’s Dodge? Oh, well this isn’t any 2000’s Dodge Sedan. This is the Neon SRT-4. SRT standing for Street and Racing Technology, this was the first car to bear the SRT emblem. The Neon SRT-4 comes with a turbo charged 4 cylinder engine paired with a 5-Speed manual transmission. It sends all 230 turbocharged horsepower to the front wheels, and hits 0-60 in under 6 seconds. It the visual department, the SRT-4 isn’t lacking whatsoever. It’s pretty low to the ground and comes standard with an aggressive hood scoop and a cool rear spoiler. As far as price goes, here is an example for $4999 in Florida.

Ford Mustang (1999-2005)

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Well you had to know this car had to be on the list. Ford’s flagship coupe has been around for forever, and consistently proves to be a great car for performance. The Mustang has 210 horsepower (with the V6) a and 240 lb-ft of torque. What makes this car special is that it sends power to the rear wheels, making it great for drifting and drag racing. As far as looks go, the mustang is timeless. It has looked good through generations of car enthusiasts tinkering and tampering with it. It is the staple of American muscle, and turns heads wherever it goes. Here is an example of one from 2005 than has under 150,000 miles and is a newer trim.

Subaru WRX (2002)

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If you don’t like the two previous American options, try hopping across the Pacific and picking up a 2002 Subaru WRX. This is a great first car period. Its super reliable, gets great fuel economy, and has all wheel drive. But it’s also a pretty sporty car with 227 horsepower and 217 lb-ft or torque coming out of a turbocharged 2.0 liter flat 4 engine. Its all wheel drive drive-train allows for better launch and acceleration, making it a preferred choice for tuners and drag enthusiasts around the world. As far as the looks go, you’ll turn more heads with your exhaust note than your exterior as the only sign of any sportiness comes with the standard scoop at the top of the hood. Here is an example of a WRX for less than $5,000.

Lexus SC300

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Now this is not a common sports car you would think of when it comes to a cheap head turner. But let me convince you that this may just be the best deal on this list. First off the engine. 2JZ. Yup. The incredibly strong, 1000+ horsepower producing engine lives in this Lexus. For those of you who don’t know 2JZ, simply watch the first fast and furious film. In addition to the legendary 3 liter inline 6 engine, the SC300 comes with rear wheel drive (drifting) and is only available in the coupe form. The SC300 makes 227 horsepower from the naturally aspirated engine. But as great as the engine is, we reach a problem when it comes to the looks. The SC300 looks sub-par, but this car costs far less than the $5,000 limit and if you want to turn heads I would suggest investing in a body kit, which can easily take this car from a 3 to a 10. Here’s a sub $5,000 example in Texas.

Audi TT (2002)

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Perhaps you aren’t big into hard top cars, so how about a convertible from Audi? The TT has been in production since the early 90’s and has never failed to impress. The TT makes 222 horsepower from a turbocharged 1.8 liter 4 cylinder engine. It has optional All Wheel Drive and an option convertible, which I would recommend having. As far as looks go, they are just okay, but a convertible will do most of the head turning for you. Here is an all wheel drive example for under $5,000.

Infiniti M45 (2003)

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This car is more for the ones who crave more power. As you can see this car has no physical pluses period. It’s an awkwardly lumpy sedan that’s a bit too long and a bit too skinny. So why does this car make the list? Well for one it is a luxury car, so the interior and amenities are pretty good. But mostly it’s the Japanese 4.5 liter V8 that puts out an insane 340 horsepower. Those 340 horses are sent (of course) to the rear wheels, giving this car the best layout possible to turn it into a seriously fun car. With the 340 horses comes a hefty 333 lb-ft of torque. So if you want probably the best sleeper unknown to man, this non-threatening Japanese sedan is sure to surprise the competition. Here is an example for under $5,000.

Infiniti G35 (2006)

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Our second vehicle from Infiniti is much prettier. The G35 is a perfect balance of both looks and performance. Only, make sure that your purchase the coupe model, and not the sedan. The sedan features the same form of ugly awkwardness that the M45 sees, but as you can see the coupe looks flawless. The G35 features a 3.5 liter V6 from Nissan that puts out 298 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. The naturally aspirated horses are sent to the rear wheels and the car features variable valve timing. In the looks department this thing is a gem, with a very sleek design that is stunning from every angle. Examples of these are very easy to find, as this one is far under the $5,000 limit with not too many miles.

Mazda RX-8 (2004)

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Welcome to rotary! This car is for those who aren’t afraid to get into the engine bay and fix some stuff. This is the RX-8 and it isn’t too reliable, but when running is an absolute machine. The Wankel engine produces 232 horsepower and 159 lb-ft of torque. All power goes to the rear wheels. The looks department is just okay, as the car looks fine but the hidden 2nd row of doors makes the car unusually long. If you want high risk high reward, this is the car for you. Here’s an example for under $5,000.

BMW 750iL (1998)

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Again with reliability aside, this BMW is a gem. It has a very cool retro-BMW look that all true motor heads will appreciate. But like the M45, what makes this car special is what lies in the engine bay. How does a 12 cylinder engine sound? That’s right, this BMW features a 5.4 liter V12 that makes 322 horsepower and 361 lb-ft of torque. And where does it send all its power? If you guessed the rear wheels, your correct. If you’re willing to sacrifice a bit of reliability and a bit of fuel economy (17 mpg) in exchange for loads of power, this is your car. Here is an example of the V12 version for sale in Indiana.

Bonus: Porsche Boxter (2002)

Note that this is a bonus. If you have more than $5,000 to spend, then this car should definitely be on your list. It is easily the most exotic looking on this list, not to mention the obvious: it’s a Porsche. It features a Porsche 3.2 liter flat 6 that puts out 250 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. As far as visuals go, it is as good as you can get. This Porsche coupe will turn heads wherever you go, and fits in to every scene imaginable. Here is a $6,000 example in California.

History of the Acura NSX (and its future)

Honda is one of the oldest names in the Japanese Automating Industry. It has put out legendary cars (Integra Type R, S2000, Civic Type R) and created legendary spinoffs (Acura, Honda Racing Corporation) . It also created VTEC, which is like… super cool. But today we aren’t going to focus on Honda as a whole, but rather its luxury brand, Acura. Today, Acura could be seen as a brand of its own, as it competes directly with large automakers like BMW and Lexus. But, today isn’t even about the remarkable accomplishments of Acura, but the beginning of Acura. But rather the beginning of a new sports car era. The beginning of Japanese Sports Car Dominance. The beginning of American fascination with JDM vehicles. This is the Acura NSX.

The story of the Acura NSX doesn’t even start with Acura, but rather its parent company Honda. In 1984 Honda was testing out some new car concepts when they came across one that particularly inspired them. The Honda engineers took a Honda City and cut it in half, and shoved an engine behind the driver sending power to the rear wheels. Honda had just created a Mid-Engine, Rear Wheel Drive test mule. Although this idea didn’t ever reach development, it served as a large inspiration for the NSX. Later in 1984, Honda and Pininfarina created the HP-X concept. The HP-X featured a 2.0 Liter mid engine layout, and looked pretty insane. This HP-X spiraled into a project called “NSX”, and rumors began to spread of something important happening at Honda. The NSX made its historic debut at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, where everyone immediately fell in love with Honda’s latest creation. The First Generation NSX featured a 3.0 Liter naturally aspirated V6 with VTEC, Honda’s technological infant. It was certainly a success in the auto industry as it was faster, cheaper, and more reliably that its Ferrari counter part.

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The NA2 Version of the NSX debuted in 1997 which altered the car slightly. A larger 3.2 Liter V6 replaced the old 3.0 Liter which raised its horsepower figures from 270 to 290 respectively. It increased torque figures from 210 LB/FT to 225 LB/FT respectively. The NA2 model also got to see a new facelift and an optional Targa Top.

The Honda NSX was discontinued in 2005, and to be honest nobody is truly sure why. Maybe its time as number 1 was up, and maybe the market was looking for something different. But nevertheless, this wouldn’t be the end of the NSX…

But a quick discussion. I though this was the Acura NSX. Why are we calling it the Honda NSX? Simple, because of America. Anywhere the NSX was sold in North America, Honda had it referred to as the Acura NSX, in an attempt to kick start their new luxury brand. Anywhere outside of North America, it kept its Honda emblem.

As we all know, the NSX would return to make one heck of a rebound. In 2007, rumors started emerging that Honda was going to try to revive the legendary NSX name. in 2012, the all new Acura NSX was born and showed off at the North American Auto Show. This time, things were different. The new NSX would be a hybrid. It would feature all wheel drive, a twin-turbocharged 3.5 Liter V6, three electric motors, and a 9-Speed automatic transmission. It would likely be easier to list the things that aren’t in this car. All this combined allows the Acura NSX to put out 573 horsepower and 476 LB-FT of torque and reach a top speed of 191 miles per hour. To put it lightly, the folks at Honda went over-the-top for this car. The new NSX is featured in Honda’s various racing departments, and doesn’t have any plans for any modifications or discontinuation.

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Tesla Model 3 Wallpapers

Tesla introduced his model as the Tesla for the average man. And it is easily the coolest car for the common man, with more technology than most luxury cars, it starts at only $35,000. It also looks super sick too.

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To show what exterior side of Tesla Model 3 looks like.
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Tesla Model X Wallpapers

The electric car craze is sweeping the world, and the family car for the job is hands down the Tesla Model X. It is a perfect marriage of range, performance, and practicality. It also has some truly insane tech features that make the car even cooler. And the doors? Those are just some of the things that make the Model X the collest SUV ever. Bar none.

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